VIOLENT STROMS LASH ISIS SHIRE
Residents check for damage after area lashed by storms
SWELTERING conditions were replaced with wild winds and storms as Mother Nature let rip on Tuesday night.
Temperatures in the mid to high 30s combined with low humidity to produce perfect conditions for fires on the weekend, but that seemed a lifetime away on Tuesday evening when storms rolled through from the south-west.
Local resident Bill Fuller said it was one of the most vicious storms he could remember.
“I haven’t seen a storm like that for years,” Mr Fuller said.
“We had about 72mm of rain. We had some water in the laundry and lost our peg basket. When a peg basket is all you lose, it isn’t too bad.”
Other residents posting on the Childers Forum Facebook page said several trees had fallen in their yards, water had gone through their homes and a roller door was blown off its hinges.
According to Ergon Energy, “the area north of Childers” was the worst-hit district in the Bundaberg region, with thousands of residents without power, while fallen trees blocked Goodwood Rd just north of Goodwood State School.
At 6.30am yesterday there were still about 700 Isis residents without power.
But the storm damage was not restricted to power cuts. The Paragon Theatre’s doors were blown open, houses had tiles stripped from their roof and there were reports of a gas and fuel leak at the Shell petrol station on Churchill St.
A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services representative said the leak was a “non-event”.
CRACKER: Bill Fuller sent this photo of Tuesday night’s storm in Childers.